A 41-year-old female asked:
How do you lessen anxiety about seeing psychiatrist? typical symptoms and unable to speak thoughts or signif. delay in answer. referred by psychologist.
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Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Psychiatrists =Human: Do u know anything about the psychiatrist? Might help if referring psychologist told u a little abt how the psychiatrist works. U might also ask psychologist speak 2 the psychiatrist in advance, sharing what u want psychiatrist 2know. Finally, it might help 2write down those things u want 2communicate 2psychiatrist so u can refer 2your notes. Note psychiatrists get anxious/flustered too, sometimes.
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Specializes in Family Medicine
Perspective: Some people get anxious because of their perspective. For years psychiatrists have been unfairly called "shrinks'. This slang reference often induces anxiety. I like to educate my patients and encourage them to look as psychiatrists as "stretches" they stretch and widen your perceptions and your coping mechanisms. That's nothing to be anxious about.
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Last updated Apr 6, 2016
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